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Everyone's fear came true: the Bucs' offensive line was below average—if that—against Detroit.
Quarterback Josh Freeman was sacked twice, and the running game was nonexistent, gaining 56 total rushing yards—26 of them by Freeman.
The running lanes weren't created, and Freeman threw off of his back foot on a few occasions, was knocked to the ground multiple times, and the pressure didn't let up until Detroit had a comfortable lead.
Could Freeman have been a little quicker with his decision making? Absolutely. He doesn't get much of a pass on the loss, but the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting its quarterback.
Is the Lions' secondary better than a season ago? Possibly. Detroit game-planned better, and the proper adjustments weren't made to the offensive line. Offensive line coach Pat Morris has to shoulder some blame.
Why wouldn't LeGarrette Blount be part of the Buccaneers' passing game? Is he having that much difficulty learning how to pass protect?
Defenses now know Blount is a liability on passing downs, which is a major offensive deficiency. Allowing Earnest Graham to get all of snaps in passing situations is such an schematic oversight that an adjustment needs to be made immediately.
Forget Blount missed holes when they were available on first and second downs. The concern here is Blount isn't allowed on the field on passing downs. He caught the ball well in a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, so why isn't he available next to Freeman in the shotgun formation?
I'm guessing he cannot grasp how to pass protect. If that's the case, opposing defenses will have an easier time planning against Tampa Bay's offense.
Honorable Mention: Secondary
Talib did his job. He didn't do the greatest job, but the rest of the secondary didn't help him either.
Sean Jones was out of position when Stafford hit Johnson directly over Talib's fingertips in the second quarter, and Cody Grimm was a yard away, staring at Tony Scheffler when he crossed the end zone.